08.10.2015 Books No Comments

Gilbert: The Last Years of WG Grace

Scroll down for a link to buy this book. When I was a kid I used to walk past the house in which WG Grace spent the last years of his life on my way to and from school. It got to the stage where he practically became my imaginary friend, something I wrote about [...]

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12.08.2015 Books No Comments

Constance Street

To buy this book scroll down to the link at the bottom of the page. Don’t be fooled by the cover – this isn’t just a book for your nan. It’s the story of my great-grandparents Harry and Nellie Greenwood (who also part-inspired Attention All Shipping) and the remarkable street on which they lived between [...]

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09.11.2014 Books 2 Comments

The Forgotten Soldier

When I came across my grandfather’s brother while researching the family tree and learned he’d been killed in Flanders a week before the Armistice aged nineteen, he was news to me. However, when I mentioned great-uncle Edward to my dad and discovered his own uncle was news to him too, I realised something was amiss. [...]

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11.07.2014 Books No Comments

Chapter and Verse: Joy Division, New Order and Me

Bernard had first got in touch a few years ago after he’d read and enjoyed Attention All Shipping and since then we’ve become good friends. Hence I was delighted and honoured when he asked me if I’d help him write his autobiography. As will be evident when you read the book, Bernard is a very [...]

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06.02.2014 Books No Comments

Elk Stopped Play, And Other Tales From Wisden’s ‘Cricket Round The World’

“Elk Stopped Play is a universal pleasure and a hugely enjoyable reminder of a game which combines unquenchable enthusiasm with incomparable eccentricity. And it’s good to know there is barely a corner of God’s earth where you can walk without at least some chance of being hit by a cricket ball.” – Michael Palin. That’s [...]

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30.08.2012 Books 3 Comments

Bring Me Sunshine

We talk about the weather a lot. It confounds us, exasperates us, occasionally it even delights us. It dominates our conversation, especially with strangers and new acquaintances. But few of us know much about where it comes from, how it happens and how people can go around predicting what it’s going to do. As someone [...]

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12.05.2011 Books 1 Comment

Our Man In Hibernia: Ireland, The Irish And Me

If you think you know Ireland, this book will make you think again. Each year on St Patrick’s Day the eighty million people around the world claiming Irish ancestry celebrate their spiritual homeland. Millions more don leprechaun hats and swallow pints of Guinness in an annual global high-fiving of all things Irish. Charlie Connelly was [...]

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12.05.2011 Books 5 Comments

And Did Those Feet: Walking Through 2000 Years Of British And Irish History

The landscape of Britain and Ireland is filled with history. We can’t walk five yards up the street without tripping over the stuff. The thing is, with the pace of life these days we miss most of it as it flashes past the car window between Little Chefs. Do we even realise that we’re following [...]

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12.05.2011 Books 5 Comments

In Search Of Elvis: A Journey To Find The Man Beneath The Jumpsuit

Since his death in 1977 Elvis Presley has become an even greater cultural icon than when he was making records and consuming deep-fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches. In Search of Elvis sees Charlie Connelly set off on a journey to discover what makes Elvis so significant today and how his spirit is being kept alive more than [...]

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12.05.2011 Books 13 Comments

Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round The Shipping Forecast

A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK ** If you’re interested in putting on my 90-minute one-man show about the shipping forecast and my mishaps and adventures among the sea areas, which premiered at a sold-out show at the Michael Edwards Studio Theatre in the hold of the Cutty Sark in the autumn of [...]

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